Hockey Australia insist they are not to blame for the delay into the appeals of Rachael Lynch and Georgina Morgan as the star Hockeyroos duo attempt to keep their Olympics dream alive.

Lynch and Morgan were controversially left off the Hockeyroos’ 2021 contract list by coach Paul Gaudoin late last year.

Gaudoin quit last week following the release of a damning independent review that found a dysfunctional culture existed within the elite women’s hockey set-up.

Some Hockeyroos players threatened to strike when Lynch and Morgan were dropped from the contract list.

Morgan is one of three former co-captains who left their role in recent months, while Lynch is the 2019 FIH goalkeeper of the year.

The Tokyo Games are less than four months away, meaning time is of the essence for Morgan and Lynch to learn their fate.

The Australian Hockey Players’ Association has called for the appeal to be moved forward.

As it stands, the appeal isn’t expected to be heard until April 12, and HA defended the delay.

“These appeals are being heard by an independent appeals tribunal, thus the process and subsequent timing of the decisions are not matters that Hockey Australia can control,” HA said in a statement.

“But it is doing all that it can to facilitate a quick resolution of the appeals.

“The timetable for the appeals that the tribunal put in place was agreed to by all parties but has been extended to accommodate requests for additional documents by the players’ lawyers.”

HA launched the independent review after current and former players alleged they had been subject to body shaming, homophobic behaviour and bullying.

The independent review provided 29 recommendations for HA, with the governing body yet to declare which ones they will implement.

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